Jessie is taken to hospital in a serious condition.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 30 April 2000 04:45
DVD release: volume 37 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:01

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Jessie ~ Pat Evison
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Bob ~ Peter Adams
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Flora Jenkins ~ Moira Claux
Sean Jenkins ~ Steve Millichamp
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Vicki McPherson ~ Rebecca Dines
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Dan ~ Sean Scully
Grub ~ Ingle Knight
Doctor Standish ~ Merfyn Owen
Nurse ~ Nicki Woolmington
Ambulance Man 1 ~ Ray Hutchinson
Young Woman ~ Sally-Anne Read
Young Man ~ John Succo
Fight Co-Ordinator ~ Glenn Ruehland
Announcer ~ Kirk Alexander
Newscaster ~ Cliff Wood
Pocco the Dog ~ Pocco

  • Written by Neil Luxmoore & Ian Coughlan
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Sister Hall is called to help a shrieking Jessie, but Lexie callously ignores Jessie's suffering. Julie worries that something in the can might have reacted with the brew. Lexie refuses to take any notice of Julie's strong disapproval of her attitude to Jessie. Rita tells Meg it must have been Lou who spiked the grog, but refuses to confirm Meg's theory about how the knife went missing from the kitchen. Alice pretends to have stubbed her toe to distract the officers and prevent them finding Pocco. Jessie is taken to hospital by ambulance, still in agony (with a blinding hangover, to judge from the way she is clutching her head). Rita orders Lexie to go in the ambulance with Jessie or she'll make sure all the women send her to Coventry. Lou overhears the Jenkins planning to dump her because she is ill with blood poisoning, so she gets the rifle from under her bed and loads it. In the ambulance Jessie croaks and overacts so much that Lexie is forced to promise to keep the baby. The women see news of Kath's arrest on TV. Most of them are disgusted but Nancy and Alice argue that they can't judge until they know all the facts. Sean tells his mother that it was Lou who was responsible for Alice serving extra time, so she marches off to confront Lou, who lets off one of the barrels into a wardrobe (incidentally revealing that it is made of much cheaper wood than appears at first sight). When she has got them back into the kitchen, Lou holds the Jenkins at gunpoint and forces Flora to tie Sean up. While they are waiting at the hospital, Joyce tells Joan that she will always regret it if she goes ahead and has an abortion. While Julie has her back turned, Pocco wanders off and disgraces himself: Pat finds a very small yellow puddle on the corridor floor. Julie enlists the other women to help look for Pocco, who we see has made her way to the staff room just after the officers have left. Bob reacts when Alice makes negative comments about Kath when another news report comes on the TV while he is in the rec room. Dan is amazed to get an invitation for dinner with Ann from Pippa. At home alone, Joan is so desperate she resorts to watching an episode of "Are You Being Served?" but she is obviously moved by a reference in the dialogue to "Captain Wagstaff" (perhaps it reminds her of her father?) and she leaves the house to walk the streets. Nancy gathers the women in the corridor before lockup to say a prayer for Jessie and inadvertently gives Pocco time to find his way back to Julie's cell. Joyce and Lexie are still at the hospital: Joyce successfully appeals to Lexie's better nature and she agrees to see Jessie when she comes round. Joan wanders the streets and is nearly tempted by a bar advertising old time dancing ("SINGLES WELCOME"), but recovers herself in time. Dan is woken up to go and break up a gang fight started by Bongo. Jessie has a haemorrhage. Sean gets free while Lou takes Flora to feed the animals. When she returns to Wentworth, Lexie is reminded by Julie not to take her mother for granted. Dan returns to Ann's early in the morning with torn shirt, having had a fight with Bongo then gone drinking with him to make up. Sean creeps up behind Lou and he and Lou wrestle for the gun, which goes off.

    It seems likely that Joan is in fact watching "Are you being served in Australia?" - a spinoff featuring only John Inman from the UK cast. At least two other Prisoner supporting actors appeared in the series, as Robert reported in PCBH Digest 1191- "Actress Tracey Kelly ... appeared in "Are You Being Served In Australia" in the Miss Brahms part... Comedian Shane Bourne who had played several small roles in Prisoner played the cocky "Mr Lucas" part in the Aussie version of the sitcom.

    The "comic" bassoon music is a steal from Mahler's Symphony 10 (3rd movement).


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Alister Webb (611); Fay Rousseaux (612); Alister Webb (613); Fay Rousseaux (614); Alister Webb (615)
    Storyliners: Bevan Lee, Tony McDonald, John Coulter

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